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A flair for design and a terrific sense of style have transformed a run down 18th century farm into an experience to delight all of your senses. The perfectly preserved Cape Dutch werf (farm yard) is surrounded by thatched gabled buildings and low white washed walls, donkeys graze on the green lawns and fat chickens wander happily around, fluffing out their feathers.
The Babel restaurant was once a cowshed; today it’s enclosed in glass structure and has tables outside under umbrellas too. Their menu has a colour themed rainbow of garden-fresh juices and salads with add-ons like smoked trout from a nearby farm, biltong or hang-op cheese (that’s labaneh to you). We ate sunshine yellow salad, juicy lamb chops with kumquat preserve and a cauliflower sandwich. All tasty as can be. We had no space for dessert, but next time we might skip mains and go for the chocolate terrine with olive caramel. Or the Szechuan pepper ice cream…
It’s essential to book ahead if you can, although we just turned up and got lucky. If the restaurant is full you can always buy some of their wines, breads, local cheeses and charcuterie to enjoy later, or go down to the Green House for tea, cake and tasty DIY farm sarmies.
The already legendary Babylonstoren garden covers 8 acres. It’s neatly laid out in a grid with formal beds bordered by espaliered fruit trees and interlaced with paths. The restaurant uses the day’s harvest from over 300 edible plants to create their colourful food, 48 pergolas of climbing roses grace the walks and in spring over 7000 clivias bloom in the huge slatted tunnel and under the wild olives and oak trees.
Don’t leave without visiting the gift shop, which is filled with fabulous linens, gifts and foodie temptations.
There is a small entrance fee.
Daily 10h00 - 16h00
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Babylonstoren, Franschhoek, South Africa, -33.827599, 18.924967000000038